Bristol Radical Film Festival

The Bristol Radical Film Festival was founded in 2011 to showcase a different kind of cinema; contemporary and historical works of formally innovative, risk-taking, and/or overtly political left-wing documentary and fiction filmmaking. We recognise the value of the inherent power and possibilities of all genres of moving image work, and our purpose is to create a space in which an audience is moved, galvanised and informed; after every screening, we ensure there is space for discussion to encourage further action, reflection and collaboration.

This year’s festival opens with the newly released doc ‘Brexitannia’; includes a Russian Revolution centenary double-bill feat. the story of the transition from ‘Tsar to Lenin’/a doc about the early-20th century Russian art movement; ‘Cradle Will Rock’, a [*shock-horror*] Hollywood musical about labour movements, art and power in the 1930s; and the critically acclaimed Rat Film – housing policy in inner city Baltimore examined through the life of rats in the city…

As always, we have a short film programme that features the best of new radical short form video from around the world, the Saturday night party (hosted by the ghost of Victorian anarchist Emma Goldman), and some wonderful rarities you won’t find at any other event in the city.


Festival Programme:

Friday 13th October, 7pm – Brexitannia 

Brexitannia is a film presented in a unique style which shows the people of a once powerful empire as they negotiate their identities in a world changing faster than ever.


Saturday 14th October, 4pm – Short Film Competition Winners

The BRFF shorts competition programme returns, showcasing the best of the submissions to our annual callout.


Saturday 14th October, 7pm – Russian Revolution Double Bill

A rare screening from the archives PLUS a brand new film about Russia and its revolution.


Saturday 14th October, 7pm – Girl Power

Not just a documentary on female graffiti writers but a journey of discovery and re-affirmation by its director, herself a graffiti writer.


Sunday 15th October 1pm – Rat Film

An aesthetically radical film about the ghettoisation and social entrapment of Baltimore’s black population


Sunday 15th October 4pm – Films From the Frontline

BRFF and video activists Reel News collaborate in bringing a selection of work from the frontline of today’s political campaigns. These short films made by activists showcase the work being done to combat structural and institutional inequality, injustice, class action and protest


Sunday 15th 7pm – October Cradle Will Rock:

Several true stories are interwoven to tell the story of a time in USA history when art was thought as something more than “just” entertainment.


Location: Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, Bristol


Looking for Archie Map Competition

Work experience opportunity for Graphics / Illustration / Print students for The Cary Grant Festival.
£100 prize for the design of an A2 to A6 matt fold, double sided, full colour map for our Looking For Archie: Cary Grant’s Bristol walking tour – part of the Being Human Festival in November 2017

Cary Grant, Hollywood’s most debonair star, was born Archibald Leach in Bristol in 1904. Many Bristolians are unaware that he grew up here and continued an enduring relationship with the city. This walking tour retraces Archie’s hometown haunts and uncovers Bristol’s hidden cinema history, in the places where it actually happened. Participants will be led on a guided tour of Bristol City Centre featuring the locations that inspired Archie’s journey from Horfield to Hollywood, and the spots where the Bristol Post snapped him on his many visits home, after he’d reinvented himself as Cary Grant.

The map will be of Bristol City Centre and will incorporate photographs of Cary Grant taken by Bristol Post on his regular visits home, as well as clues for participants to collect on the walk. The walk is aimed at 10-15 year olds, and their families, but needs to speak to a more general adult audience as well.

Aiming to be quite funky and/or retro/vintage.

The Festival colours are red, black and white. The photographs are black and white.

More information about the festival is available here: – you can also look at our festival merchandise here: to get an idea of our branding. See also and

The competition will open in early Sept with a closing date of midnight, 1 October. Expressions of interest with links to online portfolio or examples of previous work invited. Email me at